John Bishop’s blunt take on Megxit before anti-monarchy swipe: ‘Absolute sense, go away’

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The comedian, 54, returns to screens tonight as part of a Stand Up To Cancer special on The Great British Bake Off. He will join Nadine Coyle, Ade Adepitan and Anneka Rice to battle it out to discover the best creator of homemade treats. Bishop, who has featured on countless TV shows over the last decade, weighed in on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to leave the Firm in one blunt rant.

The Liverpudlian funnyman is known for taking a lighter look at life but in one discussion laid into the Royal Family.

He believed the monarchy shouldn’t exist and felt if a new country was created “there was no way” they would be brought back.

Bishop said: “We have a love for the monarchy in this country, which no one can deny because we do.

“[But] if you were to start a country now… where we’re all contributing to our new country, we’re paying taxes, we vote… there’s no way.

“There’s no way someone’s going to go, ‘Err, can we have a Royal Family? I think that would be a good idea, let’s have one family separate to everybody else’.

“So if you created a country you wouldn’t have a monarchy but we’ve got one here.” 

He used the rant to explain his thoughts about Meghan and Harry, who left senior roles within the Royal Family one year ago.

Bishop explained: “Everybody generally looks at them and goes, ‘If that’s what you want to do that’s fine’ and we have a love for the monarchy.”

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His remarks were before Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which some claimed “risked a constitutional crisis”.

After their chat with the US megastar last month, the Queen noted recollections of some events “may vary” to the accounts they presented.

It has since emerged that several of the couple’s claims may not have been 100 percent truthful. 

They included Meghan’s remark that she and Prince Harry married three days before their official ceremony in St George’s Chapel in 2018.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury carried out a service but it was not a legally recognised marriage service.

Bishop’s remarks about Megxit emerged prior to the revelations, during an episode of Channel 4’s The Last Leg With Adam Hills last year. 

It followed the show’s host recounting an interaction he had with Harry.

During their short exchange, the presenter explained that he had vowed to continue growing the beard “until Brexit was sorted”.

Hills described his facial hair as “the Geoff from Byker Grove” – a reference to the teen drama that ran from 1989 until 2006, which starred Ant and Dec.

The host claimed to have initially received tweets from a number of viewers who were “upset about” Meghan and Harry “leaving the country”.

He said that had changed since the Byker Grove revelation and some had tweeted: “Now I’ve heard that he doesn’t know Byker Grove, he can f*** off.”

Bishop agreed and said: “He can go, he can go!”

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Later, the comedian added: “I think for them, it makes absolute sense for them to go away – of course it does, why wouldn’t they?”

Labour Party MP Jess Phillips, who was also a guest on the show, revealed her husband was less sympathetic to the royals in contradiction to Bishop’s claim.

She claimed he thought Meghan and Harry should give up their roles rather than “moan”.

Ms Phillips said: “My husband has always said, ‘If you don’t like it’ – when the royals moan about something… – ‘If you don’t like it, go away.’”

She noted that her husband was not part of the “majority” Bishop claimed to respect the monarchy.

However, Ms Phillips explained that in a rare move after Meghan and Harry’s announcement, her husband said: “Fair play to them, you know.

“They don’t like it, so they’re going to stand down.”

Bishop interrupted and argued that many people were more supportive of the royals.

He said: “Not everyone likes them but as a country we could have had a revolution loads of times. 

“We couldn’t be a***d, so there’s got to be a balance.”

John Bishop stars in The Great British Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer, which airs at 8pm tonight on Channel 4.

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